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Heritage Open Days – Blackburn Masonic Hall

As part of Heritage Open Days, Blackburn Masonic Hall will be opening its doors to the public on 15 September between 10am & 4pm. The Masonic Halls on Richmond Terrace and are spread over 3 floors and visitors will be able to access all the floors and discover the history of the building and the development of Freemasonary. Refreshments will …

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Heritage Open Days – The Blackburn Giant Exhibition

As part of Heritage Open Days in Blackburn you can discover the story of the Blackburn Giant. A group of volunteers from Child Action Northwest staging an exhibition about the Blackburn Giant in Mercers Toy Shop this month have failed in attempts to secure the original long johns of Fred Kempster which made TV headlines last year when they sold …

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Heritage Open Days – Ainsworth’s Jewellers: History of the Oldest Retail Business in Blackburn

Heritage Open Days are coming to Blackburn and will see a whole range of heritage activities taking place from Thursday 12th September to Sunday 15th September. Just one of the many events sees local independent retailer, Ainsworth’s Jewellers make available an exhibition with photographs and memorabilia of Blackburn’s oldest retail business. It features the family firm which has been trading …

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Heritage Open Days to be Biggest Ever in Blackburn

The national Heritage Open Days scheme is set to be the biggest it has ever been in Blackburn this year. The events which take place from the 12 – 15 September 2013, allow people to see buildings that are not normally open to the public, take part in special events and see archives. All these events are FREE. Blackburn Life …

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The seaside comes to Blackburn this summer

Blackburn town centre is set to be the hottest place to be this summer as King William Street undergoes a dramatic transformation. Throughout August, the centre is being turned into a seaside resort complete with fun rides, deckchairs and ten tonnes of sand creating a sandy beach. There will also be water boat rides, giant water walker balls and bungee trampolines. And …

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More Blackburn locations join in Heritage Weekend

History enthusiasts at a 120 year old charity have had a great response to an appeal for local venues to join them in getting involved in a national heritage festival this September. Ray Smith of Blackburn History  Society is also a volunteer at Child Action Northwest in Wilpshire where he assists Harriet Roberts with the archives of Blackburn Orphanage.  Together, …

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“Off for Fun” in Blackburn and Darwen

Blackburn with Darwen Council have published their summer programme of activities for children and young people to enjoy. A wide variety of a free activities are on offer at venues across the borough including, community centres, leisure centres, libraries, parks and children’s centres. The colourful brochure is filled with fun activities for all children and young people to enjoy. It is …

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Blackburn’s Heritage in the Spotlight

A group of local volunteers are joining together to promote the heritage of Blackburn. People are being asked to join in this year’s Heritage Open Day events, which allows the public to see inside buildings and places of historical interest that are not normally open to the public. All the events are also free. Ray Smith of Blackburn History Society, …

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“Curtains” for local children’s charity!

Children’s charity, Child Action Northwest is selling brand new John Lewis curtains from £10 per pair at their pop up charity shop for one week in July. The items are slight seconds that have come from the factory, Herbert Parkinson who design and manufacture textiles from their factory in Darwen. The stock will also include cushion covers and tie backs …

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Getting on his bike to help council colleague

One stop shop manager Brian Wallace is to take part in a charity bike ride to help contribute towards a former colleague’s fundraising efforts. Brian will be riding the 60 miles from Manchester to Blackpool on Sunday July 14, in support of former Blackburn with Darwen Council worker Janice Ainsworth. Janice recently retired from Blackburn with Darwen Council after 22 years …

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Darwen 999 Day this Saturday

Emergency services in Darwen will host a community fun day in the town centre this weekend. Organised by Darwen’s Shared Neighbourhood team, which includes both council staff and police officers, the ‘999 day’ will take place in Darwen town square on Saturday 22 June from 10am. The annual event, which has been running for eight years, will see representatives from …

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Celebration to Commemorate the Visit of King George V in 1913

Blackburn Museum are appealing for items for a special exhibition to commemorate the visit of King George V to Blackburn in July 1913. It is being organised alongside a special event at Roe Lee Park on July 9 marking the handing over of the park land to the people of Blackburn. The land was given to the borough by the owners …

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Blackburn and Darwen set to commemorate Armed Forces Day

Blackburn with Darwen is hosting events to commemorate Armed Forces Day 2013 on Saturday, 29 June 2013 In the lead up to the day, flags will be raised in front of Blackburn and Darwen town halls on Monday, 24 June at 11am. Armed forces and Blackburn with Darwen Council dignitaries will be in attendance with local school children. Then on Armed …

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Change to Chutney on Blackburn Market

Blackburn College students’ social enterprise “Chutney for Change” will be paying Blackburn Market a visit on Friday 14 June between 10am and 2pm and giving customers the chance to taste its range of tasty chutneys. “Chutney for Change” is a project that tackles two key social issues at a grass roots level. By utilising surplus fruit and vegetables, donated by local …

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Packed weekend of fun as family events take over East Lancashire

In just over a week, East Lancashire is set for a weekend jam packed with family entertainment as 3 different festivals come to local towns. Blackburn Festival The Blackburn Festival takes place at Witton Park on Saturday 15th June from noon until 9pm. The event will be headlined by Bhangra star H-Dhami, hip hop artist Mumzy Stranger, Indie rockers Twisted Wheel and …

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Blackburn Diocese are joining “Enough Food for All” campaign

The Diocese of Blackburn is encouraging people to take part in an international fast, organised by charity Christian Aid.   As part of the action around the G8 Summit to be held in Belfast in June organisers say, “We’re going to make hunger personal, just for one day, by choosing to go without food so the leaders of the world see how …

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Police scheme to encourage youngsters in Darwen to take up the musical beat

Aspiring musicians are being given a chance to try their hand at being a DJ whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification as part of a new scheme in Darwen. The eight week programme provides free workshops to young people aged between 14 and 18 in a joint venture between the local neighbourhood policing team, the Youth Justice Service and Groundworks. The …

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Putting the Bee back into Blackburn

An innovative campaign to put the “Bee back into Blackburn” is all set to take place on Friday 24th May 2013. Blackburn’s Big Planting Bee is being organised in partnership with Groundwork Pennine Lancashire, Blackburn Council in an attempt to bring the Honey Bee back to Lancashire. Blackburn’s Big Planting Bee Residents of Blackburn are being called upon to show their support and …

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Love your local Blackburn Market

Markets throughout the UK, including Blackburn Market are participating in the high profile ‘Love Your Local Market’ campaign from 15th – 29th May 2013, which celebrates the importance that markets play in the heart of the community, not only for retail but as a valuable community asset and focal point. Organised by the National Association of British Market Authorities, the …

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Annual Walk takes in “Local Treasure”

Great Harwood PROSPECTS Panel is holding its Annual ‘Walk in the Woods’ event on Wednesday, 15 May. This year the walk chosen is Dean Clough. The walk has been described as one of Lancashire’s hidden gems – a tranquil walk through the vale between Great Harwood and Langho where there is a rich and varied landscape, breathtaking countryside and superb …

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Aim to boost Darwen economy with “Fiver Festival”

Businesses in Darwen town centre are due to take part in an innovative festival in an aim to boost the local economy. Throughout June the businesses will be taking part in the Fiver Festival. The Darwen Shop and Business Association are organising the month long Go Local, Go Darwen event which aims to encourage residents to shop locally. If one person in …

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BBC Songs of Praise coming to Blackburn Cathedral

BBC Songs of Praise has announced it is coming to Lancashire to record two special editions of the programme on 19 & 20 May 2013. The events will take place at Blackburn Cathedral and are free to attend but you must have a ticket. The Dean of Blackburn, The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Songs …

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Whalley Pickwick set to celebrate 25 years

The popular Whalley Pickwick Festival that sees the centre of the town transformed into a Christmas event of music, food and entertainment is set to celebrate its quarter century this year. The event which raises funds for local good causes, are inviting everyone to a public meeting this week on Wednesday 27th March 2013 at Siam Palace at the Judge Walmsley. …

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Great Harwood residents urged to join in clean up

Great Harwood residents are being invited to help clean up their community as part of a joint operation in the town this weekend. Neighbourhood Police officers have teamed up with Hyndburn Borough Council for the event which will take place in the Hameldon View, Princess Street and Park Street areas of the town between 10am and 2pm on Saturday 16 …

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Council praise volunteers in the park

Volunteers are organising an Easter Family Fun Day at Roe Lee Park and have been hailed as ‘fantastic’ examples of the Council’s Your Call campaign. The Friends of Roe Lee Park are hosting the event on Easter Sunday, March 31. The day will feature a range of attractions including egg hunts, fairground rides, bouncy castles and a ‘Fun Bus’. There will …

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Volunteers needed for Food Bank Project

The organisers of en event to stock the warehouse of the Blackburn Food Bank are appealing for volunteers to help at a special event. On Saturday 20 April 2013, volunteers are needed for a few hours at Tesco in Blackburn to accept donations of food from shoppers. They also need help on Monday 22 April to help get the food …

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Local charity Lottery Bid for History Project – “Discovery Centre”

The local children’s charity, Child Action Northwest, which grew from the original Blackburn Orphanage, is hosting a public meeting to discuss a proposed bid for Lottery cash. The charity, which now runs a range of projects from finding foster carers, supported lodgings, supporting young carers and helping families in crisis across the North West will hold the public meeting tonight (4 February …

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